Great Wyrley’s World War One Roll of Honour: The Errors on the Gates

Posted: January 24, 2016 in General War, Soldiers, War Memorials, WWI

The opening of the Gt Wyrley Memorial Garden on Saturday 8 April 1922. Note the avenue of lime trees - one for each of the 25 fallen soldiers - there are plaques on the gates, they are just difficult to see. Thanks to the GWLHS.

The opening of the Gt Wyrley Memorial Garden on Saturday 8 April 1922. Note the avenue of lime trees – one for each of the 25 fallen soldiers – there are plaques on the gates, they are just difficult to see. Thanks to the GWLHS.


I have, for over eighteen months, charted the lives, through short biographies, of the fallen village soldiers of the First World War named on the memorial garden gate plaques. As I investigated the names on the gate plaques it became evident that many were erroneous in one way or another: the usual memorial curse of mis-spellings here being compounded by extra initials and first or surnames that were completely wrong. Indeed, out of 25 names, my investigations revealed that 11 contained some kind of error. With this discovery, the purpose of the blog biographies began to change: as well as tell a story they would also act as the proof needed to formally identify the soldier so that I could go to the Great Wyrley Parish Council – who were very keen for me to do so – with a full list of the changes needed. The Council would then debate and settle on some kind of solution regarding alteration. This blog post is that proof and will be presented to the Council in February 2016… https://wyrleyblog.wordpress.com/wyrley-landywood/great-wyrleys-fallen-wwi/great-wyrleys-world-war-one-roll-of-honour-the-errors-on-the-gates/

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Comments
  1. tonykulik says:

    I’ve enjoyed reading all the way through your journey and investigations Wyrleyblogger. However I must take issue with your comments in the second paragraph – the biographies are far from insulting and you do yourself a great disservice – rather you are to be commended for all of your research and deserve a standing ovation from the Great Wyrley community. I applaud you

    • wyrleyblog says:

      I just mean that reducing someone’s life to 2,500 words isn’t a lot. I just want Great Wyrley to remember the men for who they were. Thanks for your comments and support for the Blog, Tony.

  2. Ron Myatt says:

    I fully support what Tony said. We owe it to the memory of our fallen. You have provided a professional and thorough review. It should, and will, I’m sure be applauded by everyone on the Parish Council

  3. Linda says:

    Totally agree with the above posts … a big thank you for all your hard work bringing the stories to life, I’ve really enjoyed them all! … what’s next 😉

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